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We know how challenging the past few months have been for individuals and families in Central Massachusetts. In fact, the economic impact of the pandemic has caused many people to fall behind in their rent and/or utility payments.

As a result of a grant award through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of the City of Worcester and the Federal government, we are happy to announce that Open Sky has a limited amount of rental assistance funding available to help people who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID and who meet specific qualifications. Successful applicants may have rental or utility assistance paid to landlords or utilities of up to $3,000.

If you meet the qualifications listed below and are ready to apply, you can download the application form here.  Completed applications should be mailed to Attention: COVID Rental Assistance, 4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA. 01602.

If you have any questions, or need personal assistance, please don’t hesitate to email us at COVIDrentalassistance@openskycs.org.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a City of Worcester resident

  • Be at risk of eviction and homelessness due to rent and/or utility arrears (heat, hot water, electricity only)

  • Be experiencing financial hardship caused by COVID

  • Meet qualifying income limits and submit proof of income  (SEE CHART BELOW FOR INCOME LIMITS)

  • Have a commitment from your landlord or utility company(s) that upon payment of up to $3,000 you will be considered current on rental arrears, or you agree to pay the difference before rental assistance funds are disbursed

  • Agree to provide rental lease or agreement and proof of rental arrears/delinquency and proof of any outstanding utility arrears (outstanding bill)

  • Agree to sign a CDC Declaration form

  • Understand that total payment per rental unit cannot exceed $3,000 whether for rental assistance or utility arrears or both

  • Not have previously received RAFT or other COVID-related rental assistance.

 

 

Click here to read the information in Portuguese, Spanish or Vietnamese.

If it appears from your initial application that you may be eligible for funding, you will be asked to complete and submit additional documentation. See below for links to the Application Form and a Packet of Additional Documentation.

Rental Assistance Application

Utility Assistance Application

Additional Documentation

Other participating agencies include: Central MA Housing Alliance (CMHA), Friendly House Inc., Worcester Community Action Counsel (WCAC), and Worcester Community Housing Resources.